Fans took to Twitter following the release of the 2014 NRL draw on Wednesday to express excitement and frustration over their team’s fortunes next season.
The free-to-air and pay TV schedules were a hot topic, and while many expressed frustration over the Broncos' start of 10 straight Friday night games, there was plenty of enthusiasm for the return of Saturday afternoon footy.
Many fans were also beginning to make travel plans to some of the more exotic away games.
Raiders have a game in Darwin hey? Sounds like a good excuse to go for a visit... #NRLDraw— Craig D. (@sherriffear) December 4, 2013
Three Sunday afternoon games at Leichhardt also proved a winner.
And plenty of fans began eyeing off some of the big clashes they were looking forward to attending:
And in some cases missing out on:
While Canberra fans in particular didn’t get everything on their Christmas wish list:
Some also expressed the bittersweet sentiment that despite today’s excitement, there is still a long wait until the start of the season.